Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-Jun-2020 00:28:17
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the High-Level Meeting on the Impact of Rapid Technological Change on the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This morning, the Secretary-General addressed the Council on the multifaceted crises in Mali and the Sahel, which continue to take a heavy toll on people across the sub-region.

In a statement issued earlier today, the UN Refugee Agency said they are alarmed by the violence of recent weeks in the Sahel, which has seen hundreds of civilians targeted, triggered more displacements and hindered humanitarian activities in the area.

The Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, Dr. Natalia Kanem, and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, Antonio Vitorino, spoke to our UN Resident Coordinators, leading the UN team’s COVID-19 response to save lives and livelihoods in 162 countries and territories.

The World Health Organization today said that there are now 200,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Africa, with more than 5,600 deaths.

In Sudan, a team from the joint African Union-UN Mission visited the villages of Feina and Manabu, in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur, to conduct COVID-19 sensitization campaigns for community members.

In Kuwait, which has registered more than 33,000 confirmed cases of the virus and nearly 280 deaths.

In Afghanistan, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) tells us that humanitarian organizations have issued a revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2020.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today that it is deeply concerned about the persistent reports of pushbacks and collective expulsions of migrants, in some cases violent, at the EU border between Greece and Turkey.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development, otherwise known as UNCTAD, said today that the international trade in goods is expected to decline significantly in the coming months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FAO said today that food markets face many more months of uncertainty due to COVID-19, but the agricultural commodity markets are more resilient to the crisis.

The UN Children’s Fund said today that more than 119,000 people hit by Tropical Cyclone Amanda in El Salvador need assistance.

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